If your basement is a dumping ground for the miscellany of unwanteds, then you’re definitely not alone. Out of sight, out of mind is the death sentence for much of what sits in boxes on cool, damp floors; slowly degrading, molding, and dying in the forgotten wasteland underneath the floorboards.
The basement represents an opportunity for storage like no other room in the house. So why do we just dump everything willy-nilly without due consideration for effective use of space?
We’ve found a bumper body of basement storage ideas that will get your reconsidering your space under the stairs forever.
There’s More To Storage Than The Walls
One of the most common misconceptions for a basement is that the walls contribute the only sufficient storage space. The middle of the floor becomes a disorganized array of packages that will never be opened; until you frantically forage for those forgotten photos. This wooden shelving extends the storage capacity into the middle of the room, creating an aisle of ledges where empty space once homed forgotten piles of junk. This shelving literally triples the storage capacity of this basement space, so consider how this idea could transform your life by keeping those crates away from damp floors. Keeping everything at eye-level is a worthwhile way of preserving order where chaos once prevailed. Read on for ideas about how to organize your storage items once you have your shelves, but this makes a great start for maximizing storage space.
This wall-to-wall open shelving maximizes available wall space while keeping everything in plain view. The laminate flooring is a great idea for maintaining dryness in a damp cellar, while the fixed permanence of these open shelves clearly keeps everything on display so that they’re easy to find. The basement is usually closed-off to guest’s eyes, so if practicality is required over aesthetic order, then open-shelving can certainly provide the solution.
The Wall For Everything
So often, we rely on the horizontal when keeping our lives in order in basements; but this brilliantly ordered wall shows what can be achieved when you allot every single item a space. The sturdy upper shelving creates a sufficiency of space for clear, plastic storage boxes – these are the stalwart of any storage area that doesn’t need to be neat. Clear boxes display their innards, which is perfect for the basement, but probably undesirable for the rest of the home. The upper shelving supports a bike stand for multiple bicycles, a storage hanger for your golf clubs, and an anatomical display for your DIY tool essentials. This is a great vertical storage idea that makes the most of available floor space, reducing the potential trip-hazards that result from badly-arranged boxes. It might not be beautiful, but it’s certainly fit for purpose. Practical and simple.
This stairway storage is quite possibly one of the most interesting shelving units we’ve ever seen here at houspire.com. We love the Esher-style disorientation achieved from this unusually angular perspective, and what’s most apt, of course, is the huge amount of storage space this stair-wall creates. Perfect for storing foodstuffs for the kitchen, or planning easily-accessed cubby holes for boxes of batteries, old photos, cookery books, drills, hammers, and screws. Basically, there are enough cubby-holes here for any storage need. You could even dedicate some of these handy holes for storing your wine collection. A beautiful solution to an age-old problem as attractive as it is practical. Fantastic.
These handy storage cupboards fold into the floor beams to keep your storage needs out of sight. This is a particularly novel idea which negates the need to cover the walls in shelving. Often the basement gets used for a plethora of purposes, such as laundry, gaming, and relaxing, so if you need to keep your storage out of sight, then these hinged cupboards are perfect. Clever.
If your basement steps are accessible from the side, then you couldn’t go wrong with under stairway storage. These bespoke solutions aren’t particularly cheap, but they’re definitely an excellent choice if you want to keep your storage permanently away from view. There are four cupboards here with sliding drawers of considerable depth which makes maximum use of wasted space in the home. These stairs are stylish and simple, leading down to a beautifully renovated cellar space. Wonderful.
If you’re forever scrabbling around in the dark for specific screws, this upcycled jar idea makes absolute sense. Jars are great storage spaces for small items, but how many times have you misplaced the pot, requiring a full-scale search? This is one of those simple ideas that is so savvy it might just be genius. Nailing or screwing the lid of the jar to the underside of a shelf keeps your storage jar in clear view, and always in the right place. Transparent glass means that the contents are clearly visible. We can’t believe that this simple idea isn’t used in every home. Genius.
Stairway To Storage Heaven
This neat idea makes use of space in the home that has long-been delegated to the irretrievable. The beautiful foot treads are highly varnished, displaying the wood at its very best; while the tread rises house drawers for storage. The inset LEDs make using these stairs a safe pursuit, as well as adding a popular design feature to these Scandinavian-influenced boat steps. If you’re converting your basement into an attractive living space, these storage steps are a stylish must-have.
The stairs, if accessible from the underside, make a great larder – these shelves are neat, well-arranged and monopolize on the odd shape of the underside of your staircase. If your basement steps have the head height, then you can’t go wrong with these sturdy storage steps that keep your kitchen essentials easily to hand. We love how the shelves have been painted to unify with the walls, as if this genius storage solution has always been there.
Organizing the messy world of the basement is an essential for anyone with more stuff than space. Of course, it’s always advisable to have a clear-out, but there’s so much to be gained from maximizing that space underneath the floorboards. What do you think? We love ideas that are so simple that they’re verging on the genius. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends. Happy storing!